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Cork City Council welcomes shoppers to the city for traditional December 8th holiday

City Hall has today issued a warm welcome to seasonal shoppers in advance of what is traditionally one of the year’s busiest trading days. For generations, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception has been a day when throngs of people have come to Cork to kick off their Christmas shopping, and this year City Manager, Tim Lucey, has confirmed that despite the recent severe weather, the city is very much open for business.

“We have made access to the city and pedestrian movement and safety a priority in carrying out an extensive salting and gritting programme over the past week”, said Mr. Lucey. “The retail choice in the city surpasses anything available in this country, and the visiting experience is greatly added to by the Christmas lighting and markets”.

The Gardaí's “Operation Freeflow” has been in place for over a week.

“Operation Freeflow is in full swing, with extra Gardaí on duty from 8.00am each morning” said Superintendent Barry McPolin, Anglesea Street. “The operations of the Gardai has helped access to the city, traffic flow and pedestrian safety”.

Operation Freeflow remains in place until January 6th..


The award- winning Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade is expected to draw over 175,000 visitors and remains open every weekend until Christmas.

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